One title to change his life…
A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William “Ferguson” Avenel is content to live in exile – until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he’s found the most proper woman in England – and he won’t ruin her, even if he desperately wants the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster’s cap.
One chance to break the rules…
Lady Madeleine Vaillant can’t face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she’s nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity – even setting up her actress persona as Ferguson’s mistress. She’ll take the pleasure he offers, but Madeleine won’t lose her heart in the bargain.
One season to fall in love…
Every stolen kiss could lead to discovery, and Ferguson’s old enemies are determined to ruin them both. But as their dangerous passion ignites their hearts and threatens their futures, how can an heiress who dreams of freedom deny the duke who demands her love?
Review: I simply loved this book. From the first page to the last I was enthralled with the characters that seemed to spring to life on the pages. I even read as I fixed dinner as I was not able to put it down. Evan though I neither an orphan nor French, I as a woman and a need to follow a dream; was able to relate to the characters.
Madeline wants to act. So act you may say, but it isn’t that easy; not in London and definitely not in 1812. Still Madeline has a passion for it. It turns out that she is rather good at it. So go for it I say and she did. But secrets had to be kept. She is also, a twenty-eight year old spinster. Now you aren’t considered a spinster till at least your 50’s and you decide to start bringing the neighborhood cat’s home.
Ferguson who ran away from life to Scotland over ten years ago is now back in London and must find someone to help debut his twin sisters. What better person for the job than a spinster? So he enlists the help of Mad as he refers to her. But, he soon learns of her secret and doesn’t want that to hinder prospects for his sisters, so he must devise a plan that works for all involved. He can be thoroughly exasperating at times in that take charge kind of way.
This was a delightful tale about a very courageous woman in Madeline for stepping out of her comfort zone and taking a risk in the theatre. Even though she at times seemed too cautious when it came to dealing with love. For a courageous woman she almost seemed to cower when it came to love.
But the more that Mad and Ferguson is together the more you find the passion that they have for one another. The love scenes between them that finally brought Mad out of her funk were simply HOT!!!
It was fun to watch as they explored the passionate side in between the acting and her pretending to be his mistress. Throwing in the way she would have to sneak into her home every night was more like they were teens rather than in their late twenties. I guess you can say and be grateful in saying ‘we’ve come and long way.’
I definitely enjoyed Ms. Ramsey’s first in the Muses of Mayfair Series and can’t wait to read Amelia’s story next. The new word for the day: “Manroot”.